Sue Robinson joined the UW-Madison faculty at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2007 and holds the Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism endowed research chair. She explores how journalists and news organizations adopt new information communication technologies to report on public affairs in new forms and formats as well as how audiences and individuals can use the technologies for civic engagement. Central to her work is the consideration of power dynamics such as race, class and areas of marginalization in information communication at the local community level.
She is the author of “Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power and Privilege Shape Public Discourse in Progressive Communities”. She is currently working on two new books. One is about media trust in all its dimensions. The second one tentatively titled “Redefining Journalist Relevance: The Struggle to Claim What’s True.”
Professor Robinson will present some of her key research findings and open it up for questions about trust in the news media, whether any distrust influenced voting, and whether President Trump successfully harmed the credibility of the Fourth Estate. We’ll also welcome your observations about how the news media covered the last election and the on-going racial justice movement.
Recommended reading list (courtesy of the Madison Public Library)